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High school seniors say graduation equals stress

Dowling says these seniors are dealing with the stress of soon being on their own, away from home, independent, paying the bills, and many other things. But he also says the school does everything they can to prepare these kids for the real world. / Courtney Highfield


Jamie McClung, a graduating senior at Lee County High School, will be attending Brown University in the fall. McClung says she knows going to an Ivy League school means there will be high expectations, and she's worried she might not be as prepared as other students.

With graduation just days away, McClung isn't the only senior worrying about the future. Kevin Dowling, the principal at Lee County High, says he's watched seniors go through this for several years, but for the first time this year, he's watching his own daughter go through this stressful time.

Dowling says these seniors are dealing with the stress of soon being on their own, away from home, independent, paying the bills, and many other things. But he also says the school does everything they can to prepare these kids for the real world.

Andy Martin with Insight Counseling says whether a student is getting ready to head to an Ivy League school or staying local to work or go to a community college, they're dealing with the same amount of stress. What matters in this situation, Martin says, is learning how to deal with that stress. Martin says you need to be prepared for what's coming, but make sure you take time to relax and have fun.

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